Everyone knows that exercise has incredible health benefits , such as muscle and bone strength, skin, energy levels and disease risk reduction. Working out is also widely reported to help improve your emotional state, combating against our internal chemicals that can trigger moody episodes or even mild depression.
However, the body was not designed to use exercise as a mechanism for weight loss. We know that 100% of our energy comes from food, yet we can only burn up to 30% of that throughout the day.
It CAN be done, with a lot of effort and only if proper nutrition is involved, but not all forms of weight loss are equal. In most cases, people who attempt the gym for weight loss purposes, don’t realize they’re actually going to burn muscle after 20 minutes of intense cardio workout, while fat gets stored.
Beyond that, your appetite increases significantly after working out, causing people to eat more than they should, and if the meal isn’t prepped, it can easily be the wrong type of foods. Even worse, if you’re one of the ones who has struggled with weight loss over a long period of time(or you have hormonal imbalance issues making it even harder with traditional weight loss) and THEN tries to use the gym for weight loss, your hormones aren’t primed to offer you that outcome with your history of weight loss resistance, so adding exercise into the mix may further tax the adrenal glands, causing your body to try harder to store fat, rather than burn it. And when weight loss feels too slow to stay encouraged, there’s not enough reward for all the hard work so giving up feels like the only reasonable option.
So even if there is some success at the gym for a time, these reasons are at the top of the list for the disappointing experiences that so many people resonate with when it comes to exercise for weight loss.
Your best bet is to find out what your BMR is and there are plenty of calculators out there (this one is very straightforward) that will help you decide what you should be eating, based on your goals. Once you know the calorie amount, you can start by designing your meals around lean protein (93% lean or better), dense colorful vegetables, and low sugar fruits. If you want to level up and get better results, not just with weight, but with your overall health, intermittent fasting is an excellent place to start!
Exercise should still be a part of your life, but it’s important to set appropriate goals for exercise, not centered around weight loss, but quality of life, energy and sleep, for starters.